Wednesday, March 16, 2011

1971 Radio Canada International

Radio Canada International (CBC International Service until 1970) is the international broadcasting service of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. CBC International Service began broadcasting on February 25, 1945, as the "Voice of Canada". The service was founded to provide members of the Canadian Armed Forces abroad with news and entertainment from home, and to project Canada to listeners in other countries.

On November 7, 1971 Radio Canada International (RCI) inaugurated new 250 kW transmitters at Sackville, New Brunswick, which were five times more powerful than the existing units. This significantly improved RCI's signal quality in Europe and Africa.

Radio Canada International, Sackville, N.B.

The 15 cent Radio Canada International commemorative stamp was issued on June 1, 1971.

First Day Covers

Cole Cover

Canada Post Office Publicity First Day Cover

Canada Envelope Company

Speaking To The World

Opening of the new CBC International Service Transmitters at Sackville, New Brunswick. Broadcasts in 11 languages originate in the CBC Montreal studios and are beamed to 30 countries through this massive complex if cable towers and electronic equipment. This service was begun in 1945.

H & E


Publicity First Day Cover With Enclosures

To Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, London, England

A copy of Douglas Patrick's Globe and Mail "Stamp Club" column was enclosed:

David Pritchard



International Air Mail Letter

Pointe-Claire-Dorval to Mosel, Germany, June 8, 1971
15 cents air mail letter rate to Europe

Longueil to Namur, Belgium, December 14, 1971
15 cents international air mail letter rate

Abbotsford to Ruwa, Rhodesia, November 5, 1971
15 cents international air mail letter rate
Re-directed to South Africa, then to Canada

Montreal to London, July 19, 1971
15 cents international air mail letter rate + 50 cents registration fee